Heights Christian Preschool Day Care Albuquerque NM
about.

Heights Christian Preschool & Day Care began in 1978 as a "Mothers Day Out" program and it has excelled into our current program, which not only provides care for children ages 8 weeks - 5 year old, but also provides before / after care for Kindergarten through 5th grade students attending Comanche / Governor Bent Elementary schools. Heights is licensed for 139 children at this time. We believe what sets us apart from other centers is our staff, who are all wonderful, reliable and claim Jesus Christ as their Lord & Savior. To comply with state regulations, Heights teachers have taken the State required 45-hour Childcare Entry Level course and they continue to receive the required hours of childcare training each year.

Heights believes that learning is empowered by our belief in Christ by developing an atmosphere where Christian learning and curriculum interact together with a qualified and caring staff that encourages children on a daily basis. We believe the different stages of growth and development are unique to each child individually, working hand in hand providing an encouraging environment through play and positive interaction. Finally, it is our goal to build self esteem, responsibility and well-balanced choices for each child's future success.

We believe that children learn best in a nurturing, safe, and loving environment. We want to partner with parents to help equip them with the knowledge and experience to raise children who are happy, well adjusted and caring adults. Our program encourages the following:
  • Age appropriate curriculum
  • Planned learning and age appropriate free play with choices.
  • Ongoing training and professional development for staff.
  • A learning environment that promotes an opportunity to explore each child's individuality through worship, sensory motor, music, exercise, reading, art, science, math and language arts.
  • Open communication with parents, teachers and staff.
  • A clean and safe environment.
  • We believe that play is the primary mode of learning.

testimonials.

"Our family was truly led to Heights Christian Day Care. Having our children at HCDC has been the foundation we’ve always wanted for them. Here they are placed in a safe and caring environment with a team of teachers that nurture our children’s learning and faith in God. We love Heights Christian Day Care!"
- The Green Family


"My child has attended Heights Christian Day Care and Pre-school since he was 2 years old and fresh into day care. He is now in 2nd grade and attending the before and after school program. Him being my first and only child, I am beyond pleased with the care, love and learning that he has received over all these years. From being potty trained in less than a week to learning how to hold a pencil and write to worship sessions daily to learn just the right amount of the Bible for a child his age. The longevity of each staff member really helps make the experience so much more comforting. All the staff is so nice, personal and truly treat us like family. I recommend Heights Christian Day Care and Pre-school to EVERYONE!"
- The Reinert Family


"Heights Christian Daycare has been a blessing to our family for generations. I attended Heights as a child and have such fond memories of my time there. When it came time for my husband and I to choose a daycare for our children, we knew that Heights was the only choice for us. When I leave my children at Heights I am confident they are safe and loved by every single staff member there. Heights is like a second home for our children where they are nurtured and the foundations of their faith grow stronger everyday. Our children were well prepared for elementary school thanks to the academic preparation in the 2's-4's classes and they continue to thrive in the school age environment. This is a truly special place!"
- The Morrow Family


"Our daughter has been going to Heights Christian daycare for about 4 years. It has become a second home to us and the staff has become our second family. They encourage our daughter everyday and help her to create a strong sense of self esteem. The staff is always willing to go the extra mile to help our family especially with prayer. Thanks to the teachers and staff at Heights Christian we feel a little bit better about leaving our daughter every day because we know she is in the hands of caring professionals who cherish her (almost as much as we do) and seem to understand how much we must miss her every day. HCD is one of the greatest decisions we have ever made for our daughter."
- The Autry Family


meet our staff.


Preschool Day Care Director
My name is Carol Baird and I have had the honor of serving at Heights Christian Preschool & Day Care since 1987. I started as a teacher in the nursery and have since worked in all the classrooms. I now serve as the Director and have been since 2007. It has always been my heart’s desire to serve my Lord and to use my passion and gift in working with children and their parents. The position of Director was passed on to me by the founders of this ministry and we are still very close friends. I have seen several generations of families grow up at Heights and pray for not only those families but my staff as well. Those grown children come back with their own children to begin new adventures with us. I am blessed to have four children and 3 beautiful grandchildren, who I enjoy traveling to visit and play with several times through the year (never enough!) It is my goal and desire to send out all children to the world knowing Jesus and being ready for the adventure of life.



Preschool Day Care Teacher
My name is Martha Tsoodle and I have been with Heights since 2002. I am currently the Supervisor of the 4’s program and have solely worked with the 4’s all these years. I find working with the 4 & 5 year olds very rewarding. They make me laugh and are always so loving. I am continuing my education by taking Early Childhood classes as I truly believe God has me where He wants me to be. I’ve been married to my husband, Jay, since 1987 and we have 3 wonderful children, two of whom are married now and one in college. Our oldest graduated from UNM Medical School in 2017.




Preschool Day Care Teacher
My name is Terri Lopez and I have worked at Heights since 2001, starting in the 2’s and now a 4’s teacher and School Kids Supervisor. I grew up at Heights in the school kids program while my mother worked as a supervisor in the 3’s program, so working at Heights has been my joy since I myself grew up here. Not only do I teach here, but also I am gifted with the creativity to make special banners and posters for the day care and church. I have been married to my wonderful husband, Beatle, since 2000 and we have 3 amazing children, Toby, Quincy, and Emi, who have all grown up here and are able to finish the program. I am strongly involved in my church at New Beginning Crestview, where I participate in the Women’s Bible studies and children’s ministry.




Preschool Day Care Teacher
I’m Flor Suriano and I have been working with children since 1982 and have worked solely with 2 year olds. I started here at Heights Christian in 1996 and have been here ever since. I do enjoy working with children, potty training them, teaching them and being able to see a lot of my students come back to visit me. I have been a Christian for 30 years and I am thankful for His presence in my life. I am happily married to my husband, Elias, whom the children like to call Amigo. In my spare time, I love to scrapbook and get crafts for my children at school.




Preschool Day Care Teacher
My name is Kristina Tartaglia. I was a teacher at Heights from 2003-2007 and returned to teaching in 2019. I have experience working in the Nursery, Toddler’s and 2’s classes and am currently the lead teacher in the Toddler and 2’s classes. I was raised in a Christian home, was baptized at the age of 9, and have been following our Lord and Savior ever since. I have been married for 13 years. We do not have any children of our own, but have 2 dogs we adore. In my spare time I like to read, watch television, go for bike rides, and walk our dogs. My husband and I enjoy visiting Disneyland every year.




Preschool Day Care Teacher
My name is Jeni Chavira and I have been working in child care since 1990. I have been working at Heights since April of 2017. I have worked primarily with children 3 years old and older and truly love the joy children bring to my life. I was born again at the age of 9 and have spent my life serving the Lord from being a Sunday School teacher to Music Minister and even Camp Administration. My husband, Paul, and I have been married since 2002. We do not have any children of our own, but have 2 young adults who call us Mom and Dad – they are the children of our hearts. In my spare time I have craft A.D.D. I love knitting, embroidery, or any fiber art. My husband and I belong to a medieval reenactment group called the Society of Creative Anachronism. It is something we can do together.




Preschool Day Care Teacher
My name is Tori Bannister, and I have been working at Heights since 2019. I began my training mainly in the nursery, toddlers, and 2's classes. I am now solely working in the nursery as a lead teacher. I have worked with older children as well and continue to volunteer at my church. I love working with these sweet babies and teaching them about Jesus! I have been blessed to be raised in a Christian home and have been growing toward Christ since November of 2007. At that time, I accepted Jesus into my life and was baptized here at Heights. I am recently engaged to a man who is also in children’s ministry at a different church, and I continue to maintain a close relationship with my parents and siblings. When I am not at a church activity for Heights or Sagebrush, I dearly enjoy painting or playing board games.



Preschool Day Care Teacher
My name is Jeryl MacCornack. I have been working at Heights since 2019 as an assistant teacher and now am a lead teacher in one of the 4’s classrooms. I accepted the Lord as my savior when I was in the 4th grade and after growing in the Lord all those years, renewed my faith in 1975. I have 4 children of my own from a previous marriage and 1 child plus 3 adopted children with my current husband of 25 years. I enjoy the outdoors, animals, and painting objects, all of which I share with my family and friends.





Preschool Day Care Teacher
My name is Amie Shepherd. I have worked with preschool children since 1994. I have been with Heights on and off since 2008. I currently hold a Child Development Associate Credential and a National Administrator Credential. In addition, I am continuing my education with early childhood education classes. I have also been a member of the American Medical Technologists since 1999. My husband, David, and I have been married since 1999 and have two wonderful boys. I enjoy spending time with my family, camping, boating, and studying the Bible. Our family has been members of Heights since 2005. I accepted Christ in 2008 when I was baptized along with our oldest son. I find it a privilege to work with small children and be able to teach them about Jesus.




Preschool Day Care Teacher
My name is Gina Teyechea. I have been working in child care since 1996 and have experience with children from infants to school age. I have been with Heights since 2020 and am currently a lead teacher in the 2’s classroom. I have obtained a Child Development Associate credential and National Administrator Credential and continue to expand my education with early childhood education classes. I accepted Jesus into my life about 10 years ago and my family and I attend Heights. I continue to build my relationship with the Lord while helping build the children’s knowledge and relationship with the Lord as well. I have 5 children, 2 daughters, 3 sons, and 2 grandchildren along with 3 sisters. Two of my son’s still live at home with me. In my spare time I like to read, paint, and spend time with my children and grandchildren.



Preschool Day Care Teacher
I’m Beth Williams and I have had the joy of working with children at Heights since 1989. I have worked in all the areas from nursery to school age children. I also do various duties from shopping to watering plants around the campus. The children have given me the nickname “Bethy Bear” because of my love and collection of bears. The children give me so much joy and it brings a smile to my face to see them every day. I truly enjoy teaching the children about the love of Jesus. During my off time, I am involved as a member here at Heights Christian, I attend Bible Study Fellowship, and I love to go to workshops to better myself as a teacher.




Preschool Day Care Teacher
I’m Elaine Herrera and I’ve been here at Heights Christian since October of 2013. I have worked with children from infants to 5 years old. These last few years, I have worked specifically with the 3 & 4 year olds. I am a mother to 5 children, sister to 6 siblings, and it is my hope that I could be a grandmother. In my spare time I help feed the homeless and I take an art class. I do find joy just being at home enjoying my time there.






Preschool Day Care Teacher
My name is Angela Carrillo and I started here at Heights in 2003. I had to take a break due to my son’s illness and returned in 2016. I am currently working in the school age department in the afternoons. I was previously a teacher in our 3’s program. I am a single mother with two sons, Angelo and Javier. I also take care of my mother, Dolores, who also used to work here at Heights as a teacher. My entire life is surrounded around my sons and mother. I am a firm believer in Jesus Christ and have walked with Him for a majority of my life. Though my life has been difficult, I know that my God is bigger.




Preschool Day Care Teacher
My name is Georgina Velazquez, and I have been working at Heights since 2020 in the toddler’s classroom. I grew up in a Christian household. Religion has been important in my life and to me is the foundation of morals, beliefs, and helps to shape us to be more like Christ. My family is very important to me. They have provided love, support, advice, and have motivated me to push the boundaries to make myself a better person. I have many hobbies such as reading a good book with a cup of tea or coffee and enjoy books that teach real world lessons. In my spare time I love to paint, do origami, calligraphy, and journaling. Horticulture also holds a special place for me and my favorite plants are my bonsai tree and flowers.




Preschool Day Care Teacher
My name is Linda Vega. I have experience working with infants through school aged children and have enjoyed working with all age groups. I have been with Heights since 2019 and am currently working as a floater in the 2’s and 3’s as well as the school kid’s classes. I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior at 14 years old and have been passionately following him ever since. My husband and I attend Potter’s House Christian Church. I married my wonderful husband 10 years ago. This is the second marriage for both of us and give glory to God that he put us together to serve Him. We both have grown children; he has 3 and I have 1 son of my own. In our spare time we enjoy camping and reading. I enjoy writing and being creative making jewelry as well as trying my hand at other art forms.